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Bellator 130 Fail-GIF: Bobby Lashley’s Opponent Flops to Mat, Loses


(Props: ZombieProphet)

We know that some of you think we’re die-hard Bellator haters, simply because we have no problem calling a garbage show a garbage show. But believe us, we don’t go out looking for ways to embarrass America’s #2 MMA promotion — this stuff just has a way of finding us.

Like tonight at Bellator 130, for example. We were prepared to give Bobby Lashley a respectful pat on the back for running through his fifth consecutive non-Wiki opponent. But it was the way Lashley won that made us shake our damn heads.

The former WWE star and current TNA attraction faced off against undefeated British heavyweight Karl Etherington, who had come into the fight with a 9-0 record, and all wins coming in the first round — seven of which were earned in under a minute. On paper, Etherington is no can. He was also billed as a judo black belt, which is kind of hard to believe when you watch the GIF of the finish, in which the Brit tries to pull Lashley to the mat, loses his grip, and flops onto his stomach where Lashley bashes him until Etherington taps to strikes. Not exactly Rousey-esque.

For God’s sake, Coker, it’s time to give Lashley one of your real heavyweights. Like…uh…um…Joey Beltran? I have no idea. This is about as good as heavyweight MMA gets in Bellator, unfortunately. Full Bellator 130 results are after the jump, with links to GIFs of the finishes courtesy of the Zombie. Short version: Emanuel Newton defended his title against that guy, and Marloes Coenen won her Bellator debut against some lady.

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Friday Links: UFC 179 Weigh-In Results, War Machine’s Latest Jail Letter, Cung Le Demands an Apology + More


(“The Night Earnest Lost His Sh*t at the Kumite” — classic karate footage, via MMALatestNews)

Three Fighters Miss Weight at UFC 179; Scott Jorgensen Fined (MMAJunkie)

Cain Velasquez Has Successful Surgery, Hopes for March Return (MMAFighting)

War Machine Tweets From Jail, Asks Fans Not to Harass Christy Mack (BloodyElbow)

Cung Le Calls for ‘Rightly Owed’ Apology From UFC Following Mishandled HGH Test (MMAFighting, again)

Details: Anthony Johnson Due Back in Court Next Wednesday for Restraining Order Hearing (BloodyElbow, again)

The MiddleEasy WWE Hell in a Cell Preview (MiddleEasy)

The 50 Coolest Celebrity Photos of All Time (WorldwideInterweb)

Adam Sandler’s Story of Trying to See Shaq’s Penis to Conan Got Animated (PopHangover)

The Live-Action Halo TV Show Gets its First Trailer (TheEscapist)

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Truly Ridiculous Superstitions From Around The World (DoubleViking)

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Conor McGregor vs. The Haters: UFC Fan Q&A in Brazil Turns Hostile [VIDEO]


(Any time you need a security detail to do a live interview, you’re gonna have a bad time. / Props: UFC)

Since UFC featherweight Conor McGregor is in Rio this weekend to mean mug at Jose Aldo and Chad Mendes at UFC 179, the promotion decided to book him for a fan Q&A at the Maracanazinho Gymnasium. Yes, the UFC had an Irish superheel do a live show in front of a bunch of Brazilians who hate him, and yes, it was kind of a fiasco.

As Helwani summed it up: “This is like Andy Kaufman in Memphis. They hate him and he’s eating it up…Never experienced something like this. Basically every fan is coming to the mic to tell Conor how much they hate him.” Here are some highlights…

0:44: McGregor tells the crowd that the “Brazilian mamacitas” like his hair.

3:45: “It was your MOTHER.”

4:28: “The next time Jose steps into the Octagon after Saturday night, it will be to face me.” The crowd cheers, then starts chanting something that is either “Aldo” or a death threat.

6:49-7:13: One of the attendees goes on a rant that the translator doesn’t even try to pass along to McGregor, perhaps out of fear. Eventually, he huddles up with McGregor to give him the basic gist of what was said.

8:15: The guy is still talking. Paula Sack attempts to restore order. McGregor never responds to what was said and the next fan steps up to the mic.

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CagePotato Roundtable #34: What is the Single Worst Tattoo in MMA?


(And this debate is ALLLLLLLL OVVVERRRRR!!!)

Don’t let the “A” in MMA fool you, mixed martial arts fighters are *not* artists…at least, not  in the traditional sense of the term. Look no further than the hilariously atrocious inkwork that so often adorns their bodies for proof of this. Between the non-tribal tribal arm bands, the last name tramp stamps, and the ill-advised branding attempts, MMA fighters (and their fans — see above) sport some of the worst tattoos you’ll ever see outside of a prison cell. But who has the worst tattoo of them all? The CagePotato Roundtable investigates… 

Ben Goldstein

Matt Horwich‘s musical pencil is like something out of a nightmare. It’s a bunch of unrelated visual signifiers held together by an inscrutable logic, and the only thing being conveyed is dread. You wake up sweating after seeing this thing, and you tell your wife, “Shit, I had that dream about my stepfather again, but this time he was a pencil,” and she looks at you, trying to feign sympathy, but the apparition simply can’t be verbalized. Words will never do it justice, because it’s so much more than just “pencil, musical notes, angry face,” it’s what the pencil represents. That goddamned abusive drunk piece of shit, who hated himself because he couldn’t write songs like Neil Diamond, so he took it out on you and your mom. That face. You could put it on a cantaloupe, a hammer, the front of a steamboat, and it would still be him.

Look, I get it, Matt Horwich is eccentric. His concept of reality is not the same as yours. I’m trying to avoid judgment here, but I just can’t relate to the sort of mind that would put this on his body. It’s awful. A worn-down pencil with a ragged eraser. A face devoid of most human characteristics. And three notes — whole note, half note, quarter note! — flying upwards. It’s not a singing pencil. It’s a scowling pencil with musical notation ejecting from the end that is responsible for deletion, not creation. It’s a contradiction, and it’s unsettling. The pencil seems to be straining to get these notes out, and for what? To express that the artistic process is torture? Does the pencil wish it was a violin instead? Does Matt Horwich even remember getting this tattoo, or did it just kind of appear one day? You’re seeing it too, right? The pencil with the face? I’m not crazy, am I?

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Great Job, Nevada!: Vitor Belfort Has Been Drug Tested Exactly Zero Times Since Being Re-Licensed by NSAC


(Well, the visual evidence is definitely on Belfort’s side.)

Back in July, UFC middleweight Vitor Belfort went before the Nevada State Athletic Commission to answer for his failed drug test for elevated testosterone in February. It went pretty well, which is completely unsurprising since a big-money fight against Chris Weidman hung in the balance. Belfort was given a conditional license, and his title challenge against Weidman was immediately booked for December 6th in Las Vegas.

But NSAC commissioner Anthony Marnell left Belfort with this dire warning: “[W]e’re going to drug test you to the day you retire…We, in my opinion, should be in and around your career until the day you call it quits.”

Hell yeah! Nevada is gonna be up in them guts, son! [Ed. note: Gross.]

Except, no, not really. The truth is, Belfort hasn’t been drug-tested at all (!) since July 23rd, and the NSAC has no intention of testing him before his fight against Weidman, since that fight will now likely take place in California in late February at UFC 184. MMAFighting’s Ariel Helwani breaks it:

On Wednesday, MMAFighting.com spoke to NAC executive director Bob Bennett, who said he currently has no plans in place to randomly test Belfort because the UFC recently informed the commission that the Weidman vs. Belfort fight would probably take place in California next year. (Note: the UFC has yet to publicly announce the official date and location of the title fight, however, UFC president Dana White recently said it would happen in February.) Bennett also said the commission had yet to test Belfort, despite the fact that the title fight was official for two months before Weidman had to pull out. Weidman confirmed he had not been tested, as well.

Bennett was confident that California State Athletic Commission executive officer Andy Foster “will spearhead” the Belfort testing, if the fight does in fact end up in California.

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MMA’s Last Taboo: Sexual Abuse and the Sport’s Silent Victims


(“The reason I put it into the book is there are a lot of people that have a secret like this…and if that’s weighing you down, then get rid of it.” / Frank Shamrock on his own experience with sexual abuse)

By Brian J. D’Souza

The storylines emerging from the latest all-female season of The Ultimate Fighter are the usual potpourri of banal tripe: Angela Hill passes gas; Felice Herrig is disliked by her cast mates; Carla Esparaza has a crush on Urijah Faber, and so forth.

As much as the search for the UFC’s first flyweight champion should make headlines, there’s a darker undertone to the proceedings that Oprah Winfrey would much more suited to handle than FOX media personality Karyn Bryant—the issue of sexual abuse and how it relates to MMA.

Outside of mentions like former UFC champion Frank Shamrock revealing he’d been sexually abused in his groundbreaking autobiography Uncaged, overall, there has been little or no press on MMA athletes who have been sexually abused. The moratorium on coverage might be because MMA is a relatively new sport; it might be because journalists feel uncomfortable asking these kinds of personal questions or it may be an attempt to protect the victims. Either way, the decision to open up lies solely with the athletes.

Athletes in other combat sports, like boxing, have talked openly about their experiences with sexual abuse. Prior to the 2012 Olympics, USA Boxing president Hal Adonis caused a massive ripple effect when he was quoted in the New Yorker as saying “Half of our girls have been molested; half of our girls are gay,” of the US women’s boxing team.

While Adonis faced widespread condemnation and was suspended for two years in the wake of his insensitive and politically incorrect comments, several Team USA female boxers have told their stories of personal tragedy: lightweight Queen Underwood spoke about being molested by her father to the New York Times in February 2012; flyweight Tyrieshia Douglas told the New Yorker that she’d been beaten and raped in foster care; middleweight Claressa Shields—the only US boxer to win a gold medal at the 2012 games—revealed to Essence magazine that she’d been raped by a family acquaintance as a child.

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Yep, Now Diego Sanchez Is Injured and Out of UFC 180


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Due to a knee injury suffered on Tuesday, UFC lightweight Diego Sanchez has withdrawn from his highly-anticipated bout against Norman Parke Joe Lauzon TBA at UFC 180: Werdum vs. Hunt, the accursed Mexico City card scheduled for November 15th that has already lost one Mexican poster-boy in Cain Velasquez. The UFC confirmed Sanchez’s withdrawal this evening, adding that the event’s main card will now include a bout between Edgar “Not Leonard” Garcia and Hector “Not Lombard” Urbina.

Okay, so maybe there’s a bright side. But still…is it too late to move this damn card north to San Diego or something? Because at the moment, the biggest Mexican star on the lineup is Kelvin Gastelum, for God’s sake. Bad times.

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Conor McGregor vs. Dennis Siver Booked for January UFC Event on FOX Sports 1 [UPDATED]


(“Moi suit is made otta 100% albino python. And moi shoes didn’t come from Payless, I can assure ya dat.” / Photo via Getty)

MMAJunkie is reporting that UFC featherweight star Conor McGregor is being targeted to fight fellow 145′er Dennis Siver at a yet-to-be-announced event on January 18th, which will take place at Boston’s TD Garden. Update: The UFC has confirmed the booking. From the Junkie report:

The Jan. 18 event, which falls on a Sunday, would follow the NFL’s NFC Championship Game on FOX and air on FOX Sports 1, sources close to the event told MMAjunkie. A lightweight matchup is already rumored for the event; according to FOX’s “UFC Tonight,” Donald Cerrone will face off with Myles Jury.

Fresh off his one-round whoopin’ of Dustin Poirier at UFC 178, McGregor will be in attendance at the featherweight title fight between Jose Aldo and Chad Mendes this Saturday at UFC 179 in Rio de Janeiro, just in case one of them slips in the tub. And while McGregor also just offered to fight the opponent-less Diego Sanchez at UFC 180, the UFC would rather have “Notorious” face somebody in his own weight class, pick up another win before challenging for the belt, and let’s face it, make them some more money in front of a pro-Irish crowd.

Siver most recently won a three-round war against non-wiki-fighter Charles Rosa at UFC Fight Night 53 earlier this month, which followed a PED-fail-related no-contest against Manny Gamburyan and a loss to Cub Swanson. Siver is a dangerous striker and very experienced, but is he a step up from Poirier? Nah, not really.

Crazy fact: The UFC now has Jon Jones, Ronda Rousey, Anderson Silva, Nick Diaz, and Conor McGregor all scheduled to fight in January. I can only draw one conclusion — the world is going to end in February, and the Zuffa top brass is hiding this information from the public while they prepare their escape from this doomed planet. #questioneverything

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Why Nick Diaz Has Everything to Lose Against Anderson Silva at UFC 183


(Silva vs. Diaz fan-made poster, via Shawn James)

By legendary CagePotato commenter/lurker “Old, Bald and Irish”

Of all of the upcoming matchups on the horizon for the UFC, one of them stands above the rest: Nick Diaz versus Anderson Silva at UFC 183.

Now, if this match happened two years ago, the hype would be off the charts. But today, the MMA community is looking at this event with curiosity rather than fevered passion. Sure. Eyeballs will be on this fight — mostly to see what Anderson Silva will look like in the ring following his horrific injury. But Nick Diaz as his opponent? Eh…maybe not so much.

What the hell happened?

It was just a short year-and-a-half ago when the MMA world was going wild for UFC 158: St-Pierre vs. Diaz (aka UFC 158: CANADA!…America’s Hat). This was MMA alchemy at its finest. Georges had defended his belt seven times and was clearly the king of his weight class. Nick was the trash talkin’, dope smokin’, Nashville brawlin’ fanboy favorite.

UFC 158 pulled in 950,000 pay-per-view buys. Not too shabby, especially compared to the buyrates the UFC has been pulling in lately. Both guys had hardcore MMA fan heat going in, but after St-Pierre dismantled Diaz, it proved what we pretty much knew going into the fight: Georges is a better wrestler, striker and tactician than Diaz. Period.

After beating up a past-his-prime BJ Penn, the “super fight” with St. Pierre did nothing to help Nick’s reputation. Quite the contrary, it damaged it even more and showed why Diaz isn’t on anyone’s Top 10 P4P list anymore. Now, after retiring “for realz” and spending nearly two years out of the cage (*COUGH* “ring rust” *COUGH*) Diaz is coming back to take on one of, if not the, greatest fighter in MMA history. What?

I’m looking for Nick’s silver lining, but short of a pot-fueled-double-middle-fingered-gogoplata or a pants-shitting-KO, I don’t see an upside for the scrappy pugilist from Stockton. Let’s take a few moments to be negative bastards and look at the probable and unfortunate near-future for the elder Diaz…

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Full Fight Video: Felice Herrig Out Points Heather Clark (Again) on TUF 20


(Props: TheUltimateFighter on YouTube)

After a 2-week hiatus, TUF 20 returned last night with a much anticipated grudge rematch between #6 seed Felice Herrig and #11 Heather Clark. As luck would have it, the fight went down in very similar fashion to their first encounter, with Felice using her Muay Thai background to set up her consistently improving takedowns and generally outwork Clark all around. The UFC has made the full fight available via its Ultimate Fighter Youtube channel, so check it out above.

Also on last night’s episode, it was revealed that #9 seed Justine Kish had torn her ACL and would therefore be removed from the tournament. In her place, #3 Tecia Torres — who was upset by #14 Randa Markos back in episode 1 — was reinstated to face #8 Bec Rawlings in a later episode. The twist: Torres will now fight for Team Pettis, who are currently up five to nil over Team Melendez.

After the jump: Clark and Herrig continue their war of words on TUF Talk, which is apparently a thing that exists now.

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Late Replacement Main Events: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

Mark Hunt vs. Fabricio Werdum might not be the title fight fans were asking for, but it sure blows away some of the godawful event headliners to be booked at the last second in recent years.

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Joe Lauzon Out of UFC 180 With Injury, Diego Sanchez Currently Without Opponent

UFC 182 has gone from a showcase of Mexican talent to a Samoan fighting a Brazilian and a bunch of local TUF-guys with funny nicknames. Dios mio.

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Ronda Rousey vs. Cat Zingano Confirmed for ‘UFC 182: Jones vs. Cormier’ on Jan. 3

The UFC's 2015 will get off to a blazing start with its two most high-profile champions (Jones and Rousey) fighting on the same card, followed by Anderson Silva vs. Nick Diaz in the same damn month at UFC 183. That's the plan at least. We'll see what the injury bug has to say about it...

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And Now He’s Fired: Paulo Thiago Cut by UFC Following Three Straight Losses

Before his latest loss to Sean Spencer, Thiago signed a new four-fight deal with the UFC, but of course, UFC contracts can be ended at any time by the promoter.

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Here’s the Video of Conor McGregor Saying That Thing About His Balls and Chad Mendes’ Forehead

It's the kind of diss you'd hear from a middle-schooler, but when delivered from the smoothie in the suit, it's OMG THE MOST EPIC BURN EVER #SHOTSFIRED #GAMERGATE.

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Cain Velasquez Out of UFC 180 Main Event With Knee Injury, Mark Hunt To Face Fabricio Werdum for Interim Heavyweight Title

The injury is especially devastating for the UFC because Velasquez was slated to be the marquee face for the promotion's debut event in Mexico.

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Cung Le’s HGH Suspension Lifted by UFC Due to ‘Lack of Conclusive Laboratory Results’

"UFC officials have been provided with medical advice regarding the elevated total HGH present in Le’s system. In accordance with such medical advice, UFC has determined that Le’s elevated total HGH by itself does not prove that he took performance-enhancing drugs before the August 23rd bout."

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MMA Meme of the Day: Ballerinas Knocking Out MMA Fighters

Beauty and strength?

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Henry Cejudo Gets a Chance to Un-Screw Himself at Bantamweight, Booked For ‘UFC on FOX: Dos Santos vs. Miocic’

Prediction: Kimura via forfeit at 5:00 in the second round the day before the weigh-ins.

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Mayhem Miller Pleads Not Guilty to Resisting and Obstructing Officer Charges

Chris Weidman is truly the yin to Miller's yang.

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Croatian Boxer Knocks Out Referee, Is Dragged Out of the Ring by His Feet [UPDATED]

Things got a little out of hand yesterday at the European Youth Boxing Championship in Zagreb, Croatia, when a disgruntled Croat boxer named Vido Loncar went superheel and punched out a referee following his match against Algirdas Baniulis of Lithuania.

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Report: Alexander Gustafsson vs. Rashad Evans Likely for January UFC Event in Stockholm

Essentially, it's a fight that would clinch another title shot for Gustafsson if he wins, but wouldn't necessarily do the same thing for Evans.

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Read War Machine’s Suicide Note, Left at Jail Cell Hanging Attempt

"I hope you choose to remember me for my times of strength and not for this. Society has killed men. I was never meant to live in this era anyway. Follow your dreams and think for yourselves."

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Falling Tree Knockout of the Day: Damacio Page Annihilates Brian Hall at Legacy FC 36

It was one of those super creepy knockouts where Hall was totally unconscious, but his eyes remained open (aka, "The Living Death").

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Serious Question: Will the UFC Exist in 50 Years?

The UFC has bested all their serious competitors, and has a virtual monopoly on the top fighters in the sport. But a lot can happen between now and 2064.

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And Now He’s “Semi-Retired”: Martin Kampmann’s Indecisive Retirement Speech

Martin Kampmann is in that "I'm not actually fighting anymore--but I'm NOT retired" phase.

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Cringe-worthy Interview of the Day: CBS Interviews Arianny Celeste

Have you ever felt you were destined to be far more than just a model? More than just a pretty face gracing the covers of magazines?

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The ‘Pogo Stick of Doom’ Is The Only Bellator 129 GIF Worth Watching

What happened at the event? A whole lot of nothing, really.

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Friday Links: GSP Cleared to Train Again, Medieval Knight MMA, Brandon Vera Books First Post-UFC Fight + More

Some must-see highlights from our bros around the blogosphere.

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Why Georges St-Pierre Should Stay Retired — For Everyone’s Sake

GSP returning to the UFC wouldn't help either side in the long run.

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